Union Kitchen & Tap

  • 1108 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 | Directions
  • 760-230-2337 | Website

Family-friendly, even a bit dull by day, once the sun goes down, this gastropub transforms into one of Highway 101’s most lively spots. Singles (aged roughly 20–40) enjoy matchmaking, upscale pub bites, and deal-sealing liquid courage in the form of local craft beer. This reclaimed-chic “meet” market overflows with energy and libido.

Happy Hours

Day Special
Monday 3pm-2am: $5 drafts, $6 select wines, $2-off craft cocktails. $10 flatbreads.
Tuesday 3-6pm: $5 drafts, $6 select wines, $2-off craft cocktails. $10 flatbreads.
Wednesday 3-6pm: $5 drafts, $6 select wines, $2-off craft cocktails. $10 flatbreads.
Thursday 3-6pm: $5 drafts, $6 select wines, $2-off craft cocktails. $10 flatbreads.
Friday 3-6pm: $5 drafts, $6 select wines, $2-off craft cocktails. $10 flatbreads.


Day Hours
Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine American, Beer
Price range of entrées $12 - $24
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted Yes
Kids menu No
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Payment Options Accepts credit cards

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Classic example of over promise, under deliver. Pretty place, great location, ho-hum food which does not live up to the hype or the history. Maybe once it did when the original owners who hail from Brusi and Calabria were doing the cooking...but too many pre-packaged restaurant supply items being passed off as "authentic Italian cuisine," in my opinion. When you add in the price this becomes a genuine disappointment where you leave shaking your head muttering, "never again." Service, however, was attentive and pleasant. But if you are looking for an authentic food-to-moan-by Italian meal you'd have more luck in my kitchen at 1/3 the price. That, or Stouffers lasagna.

That restaurant started out in Leucadia, about two miles (or three) north of its present location. Later it moved in to replace Portofino, also an Italian eatery that had started strong, and then lost its edge. (This all goes back almost twenty years.) The last time we were at When in Rome, the service was pathetic. The waiter had all the aplomb of a hod carrier, and spoke little English. He could not answer a couple simple questions, but had the patter down to assure us that the soup of the day was "Out of this World." Encinitas has SO many Italian restaurants now--most named trattorias--that you need not settle for When in Rome. Try the various Vigilucci offerings on the North Coast first.

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